Posted by: theheartlander | February 20, 2011

“These truths are not open to compromise”

Have you signed the Manhattan Declaration of Christian Conscience?

I believe that when historians look back on our era, they will single out this document as having been as transformational in the larger society as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was in 19th-century America. A little info about the declaration:

In 2009 a number of Christian leaders [Catholic, Evangelical and Orthodox] known for their public witness on behalf of justice, human rights, and the common good came together in shaping the historic Manhattan Declaration. It was born out of an urgent concern about growing efforts to marginalize the Christian voice in the public square, to redefine marriage, and to move away from the biblical view of the sanctity of life. It was originally signed by about 150 prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders and scholars and was released at a press conference in Washington, DC on November 20, 2009.

It is important to understand that the Manhattan Declaration is a call of Christian Conscience. It speaks to the church just as much as it speaks to the larger culture. In fact it is a clarion call to the church to take a stand on three vital issues: The sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and religious liberty. Every day new threats emerge to these three core principles of a good and just society. And every day more and more people respond by adding their names to the Declaration. Each of these signers has committed to speak and act in defense of biblical truths with respect to the three issues it addresses. Each agrees that these truths are not open to compromise. And each has become part of a growing movement of people standing shoulder to shoulder in defense of these three vital moral issues.

“We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence. It is our duty to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in its fullness, both in season and out of season. May God help us not to fail in that duty.”

As the movement grows and as more and more people across America pledge to be uncompromising in their faith, the Manhattan Declaration will have a huge impact on our society. By standing united and in speaking the truth on the vital issues of life, marriage and liberty, we will serve the common good and move our nation toward justice.

Take the time to read the Declaration itself.  (Complete version (which is a masterpiece) here. Shorter version here.)

At either of those links, after you’ve read it, you can click on “Sign the Declaration” to add your name to the 486,000 who have signed so far.

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